Of course, our subculture is extremely DIY, with roots in youth culture/underground etc. Most of the time I see something I like, think "I want that!" but it's too expensive for what it is. See: harness trend. Other times I go to a raw materials shop and think "this thing is cool...I'll think of something." So here's my DIY to-do list.
I DIYed a harness look (the one in my profile picture, post here) but always wanted the real leather deal. The super complicated ones I like are like $200-300. Sewing leather is a bitch, but I learned a bit about working with leather and glue from my shoemaking class, that I think I'm going to forgo sewing and just glue the thing together. I bought the hardware (circle rings, D-rings) years ago...hope I can find them!
Something with this holographic sticker paper
I was wandering around Chinatown and found Cyberpunk heaven. It was a plastic raw material shop selling clear and NEON and holographic plastics and rolls of this self-adhesive cyber wallpaper. I bought this during the hologram trend thinking I'd maybe make an envelope clutch from this DIY
Something with this giant spike
I'm kind of over the spike thing, but I bought these GIANT spikes that are too big to put anywhere. I bought them for a pair of shoes I made. So I've got a bunch of these. I also got a bucket of other spikes salvaged from old DIYs and other things. Anyone got any ideas?
Something with these fancy patches/Buttons
I was inspired by the super-expensive Rugby/Ralph Lauren blazers with these fancy patches, so I was like, I'll get some cheap blazer from Forever21 and put some really fancy patches/buttons on it. I have yet to do that, even though I think I paid like $80 for the below set.
A pair of Sandals
If you have shoemaking supplies, sandals are pretty easy to make. If you want to make a substantial shoe, you'll need a belt sander, which I don't have access to anymore, but I can force myself to hand-sand little sandal straps. Something like this:
Patent Leather Skirt
I made a long patent leather skirt in high school and it was a BITCH to sew. That had been an ambitious project with a patchwork of PL pieces and I just had a shitty sewing machine that would snap the needle after a few hours of sewing. Also patent leather is sticky, so I sandwiched the leather with paper so it would slide through my machine...then i'd have to pick out the paper from the stitches. It SUCKED.
|a high-waisted one like this one. BTW I think this photo is actually vinyl.|
I've been learning SketchUp and made a few prototypes for a few pendants. I'll do a post on these in the near future! I'd like to make more. I'd especially like to make my own sterling silver rings with semi-precious stones.
What's in your DIY pile?